Great Apes- close up and personal.

© JwDaum (1 of 21)I just returned from a Silverback Gorilla trek and a Mountain Chimpanzee trek in different parts of Uganda.  After a friend reviewed the images, she reminded me of Ansel Adams statement that “There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.” Whenever I record an image I wonder about how my presence impacts the outcome… In this case, the Great Ape across from my lens.  The image above and these directly below, are Silverback Mountain Gorillas.  They live in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda.  It is a UNDESCO World Heritage Site.  [Each image can be clicked on and enlarged- if you click it twice, it will go to full size.]

The picture below and the following matrix of pictures, are Chimpanzees living in the Kibale National Park in the rain forest of Uganda. © JwDaum (14 of 21)

For more images of the Gorillas please visit my photography web site and the Gorilla Gallery.  For more images of the Chimpanzees please visit my Chimpanzee gallery. Please share your thoughts in the comment area below.  Thank you!


Figuratively capturing an animal

Capturing the essence of an animal in their natural habitat is a unique and time sensitive challenge.  You typically don’t have control over the lighting, the conditions and certainly, rarely the animal itself.  More than not the opportunity is a chance encounter.

Oh but the results can be so satisfying.


With a bit of luck (and imagination) you get to soar


Observe a Mother teaching her son the art of hunting


a Father and son playing


A rare black rhino foraging


An odd ‘couple’ out for a stroll


Mother and child (look under her) enjoying the day


Sharing an intimate moment


Capturing lunch on the go


Providing lunch on the go


The pause that refreshes